Dark Web marketplace Hansa has launched a bug bounty program to deal with security issues that might allow other hackers or law enforcement to identify and deanonymize the site's owners and users.
The bug bounty program launched last week and was announced on the site (image above) and via a Reddit post.
According to the official announcement, Hansa admins are willing to pay up to 10 Bitcoin (~$10,200) for security issues, which is on par with what most Silicon Valley companies pay bug hunters via their official security vulnerability programs (SVPs).
Just like any other bug bounty program, in order to be elligible for a reward, attackers must not cause any downtime to the main service, and they must not access other users' accounts. Demoing bugs is only allowed on for-testing accounts only.
Hansa is a Dark Web portal where users go to buy and sell illegal products such as malware, security exploits, stolen data, guns, drugs, and other illegal products.
Unlike legitimate businesses, Hansa site operators can't file a complaint with the police or FBI that someone hacked their service.
Hansa admins are trying to appeal to the hackers' good will by rewarding them for any security issues they find.
Some of these vulnerabilities have the potential of destroying a market's reputation if hackers can steal Bitcoin from user deposits or read their private messages.
Last week, AlphaBay, another Dark Web marketplace paid an undisclosed sum to a hacker who found a flaw that allowed him to read over 218,000 private messages that contained sensitive information such as delivery addresses, Bitcoin wallet IDs, tracking numbers, and others.
In the past, hackers successfully extorted other Dark Web marketplaces, such as SilkRoad, threatening to take down the site or send details about the site and its owners to local law enforcement.